Kirsten Dunst joins math drama “Hidden Figures”

Kirsten Dunst has joined the cast of Fox 2000's “Hidden Figures” opposite Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae and Kevin Costner.

Ted Melfi is directing “Hidden Figures”, the true story of the African-American female mathematicians at NASA who provided the calculations for the space program during the early 1960s.

It was reported last month that “Empire” star Henson would play mathematics genius Katherine Johnson in the film. The studio has been developing the adaptation of the Margot Lee Shetterly book “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race”.

The story centers on Johnson, a brilliant African-American mathematician who, along with her colleagues Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, served as the brains behind the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and his safe return. The three women crossed all gender, race and professional lines while embarking on the mission.

Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission in 1962 and became the first American to orbit the Earth. Costner will play the head of the space program.

Dunst next stars in Jeff Nichols' “Midnight Special” for Warner Bros., which opens March 18.

source : the daily star

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